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In part one of this two part series, I wrote about personal patronage in the ancient and modern context. Today, I want to talk about professional patronage (i.e. Apollon as the patron of the arts, and thus prayed to by artists). Personally, I think the only thing that professional patronage shares with the practice of personal patronage is its name--and we will get to that in a second.
The interesting thing is that none of the academic sources at my disposal make mention of this practice under the term 'patronage'. Patronage in the context of ancient Hellas seems to focus on the non-lineal bond between two people--a patron who took care of a client or slave in a material, financial, or emotional way. 'Patron' to mean the support, encouragement, or privilege that a deity bestows upon those practicing a profession or living in a city is a Christian term, which refers to patron saints. Patron saints are regarded as the tutelary spirits or heavenly advocates of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, clan, family, or person. Taking this description would give you, for example, Athena as the patron of Athens--but outside of Christianity, the proper term is 'tutelage'; a tutelary deity.
A tutelary, or tutelar, deity is 'a guardian, patron, or protector of a particular place, geographic feature, person, lineage, nation, culture or occupation'. Both tutelary and tutelar can be used as either a noun or an adjective. As such, Athena is the tutelary Goddess of Athens, or the tutelar of Athens--but because we are so used to 'patron(ess)', 'tutelar' does not have quite the same ring to it.
Lacking ideas (please send me some!), I chose to write about Pan this week. A divinity whom I know very little about. Read on to find out what I've learned.
Pan is the Greek god of pastoral life including shepherds, animals and music. This rustic divinity is known to dwell in grottoes during the heat of the day and wander the mountains for his entertainment. He guards flocks, whether wild or tame,
For this next edition in my series of devotional playlists for the gods of the Feri tradition of Witchcraft, we take a look at Dian Y Glas (and boy does he liked to be looked at). Dian Y Glas, also called simply "Blue God", Is the youngest [mostly]male emanation of the Star Goddess in the pantheon of Feri deities. Dian Y Glas is often seen as young, lustful, and androgynous. He represents the love and passion held deep within the heart of the Star Goddess, where all things emerge.
Blue God to me represents the power of the ecstatic Craft that celebrates all things free and wild. His energy is chaotic but seems to make sense on a deep and cellular level. He is filled with pride, confidence, and attraction, which are all things that awaken within us when we follow the tune of his call. My playlist for Dian Y Glas consists of songs that make me jump up and down and scream "I am ME and I am completely and utterly awesome in every sense of the word."...
Bulls. Big, strong, temperamental creatures that have had loomed large in man’s past. Bull jumping, bull baiting, bull fights and running of the bulls are events where they were, and in some cases still are, featured. They were used in the form of oxen to pull plows and carts. Their virility kept up herds, generating wealth for their owners. In some areas, placing a bull head above a door gives protection and luck much like the horse shoe. As sacrifices, few animals were more costly. From them we get the terms ‘seeing red’ and ‘bull-headed’. A lot of myths feature bulls, even modern myths like Paul Bunyan and his blue ox. In some cultures, earthquakes are blamed on a rowdy celestial bull believed to have the world upon its horns. A lot of masculine divinities, particularly those of the sun and the sky, are associated with bulls.
(Still on vacation this week! Hopefully my travel mates are still on speaking terms with me!)
The god of the guessing game is Thor!
Too easy? It wouldn't have been for me as I know very little of the Norse pantheon. I can, however, now tell my son the differences between Marvel’s Thor and Thor of the Norsemen.
I’m on vacation this week, so instead of an article I leave you with a guessing game.
My 6 year old son recently asked me about this divinity and how he differed from his doppelganger. Hopefully, this is not too easy. Explanation will be posted next week.